Filipino graphic artist Percival Lugue has had a passion for collecting toys. Especially, from fast-food restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and home-country favorite Jollibee. And guess what, he started this since he was 5 years old.
Filipino collector Percival Lugue showcases his humongous collection of fast-food toys
Nearly five decades later, the 50-year-old has about 20,000 toys packed from floor to ceiling in his home. Thus, he holds a Guinness World Record from 2014, when his collection reached more than 10,000 items. Lugue explained his hobby while sitting among an extensive mix of toys in his three-story home.
The toy is like a storyteller in itself. For example, it gives me a glimpse of that particular period when I got it, the story of what’s going on, what are the incidents that are attached in the acquisition.
Lugue lives in Apalit in Pampanga—a province northwest of Manila, built his home especially to house his collection.
He definitely enjoys the excitement of getting new toys on Christmas mornings. He has always played with the toys, but even as a child took good care of them and put them on display. It is “unlike the other kids, who would tear up their toys into smithereens.”
Some of his toys were donated by friends and family, while most of his toys were obtained through personal purchases.
I would invite my friends to… have lunch at McDonald’s… and in one sitting I would be able to complete the whole set.
One of his most treasured pieces is a “Hetty Spaghetti” figurine. Also, a mascot from the Jollibee chain that his mother gave him in 1988. His dream now is to eventually put his collection on display for the public. Even to open a museum to “give others a chance to revisit their own childhood memories.”
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